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Well that didn’t take long. Â The Hillary Clinton Campaign got caught staging an event – just like seasoned reporters figured they would.
The meeting in a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa (Sound familiar? Â Thatâ€™s the home of American Pickers) was supposed to be a chance meeting between Hillary Clinton and threeÂ ordinary Iowan citizens. Â The three â€œordinaryâ€ Iowans turned out to be Austin Bird, a former Clinton campaign intern,Â Carter Bell,Â University of Iowa College Democrats president, andÂ Planned Parenthood of the Heartland staffer Sara Sedlacek.
It wasnâ€™t an accident either. Â Hillary campaign staffer, Troy Price arranged the entire thing. He called Bird and arranged for the three to meet him at the Village Inn in Davenport, Iowa.
And how did DC Clothesline find out about this????
â€œWe were asked to come to a meeting with Troy, the three of us, at the Village Inn. Â It was supposed to be a strategy meetingâ€¦then all of a sudden he says, â€˜Hey, we have Secretary Clinton coming in, would you like to go meet her?â€™â€
Bird said Price vetted them for half an hour and then drove the three to LeClaire, where the accidental dinner took place. Â The three sat at a table by themselves and soon Hillary came over like she had picked them at random to talk to.
â€œI mean, Troy asked us all to do â€“ to go to a meeting with him. And we didnâ€™t really know what it was about. I mean, he did. He knew.â€
Now, this happens on the very same day that the drones over at MSNBC were complaining that the Hillary campaign felt “flat and staged.” Â (What a coincidence.) Â And it just so happens that the Hillary Clinton gaff machine produced yet another whopper:
Hillary Clinton was in Norwalk, Iowa on Wednesday, when she told the crowd:â€œAll my grandparents, you know, came over here and you know my grandfather went to work in lace mill in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and worked there until he retired at 65. He started there when he was a teenager and just kept going.â€
The problem wasn’t so much her grandfather Rodham emigrating from England to work in a lace factory (that actually happened), but claiming her grandmother came over from South Wales when she was born in Pennsylvania according to the records.
Ooops. Â On the 1910 census sheet, my family found out that my great-great-grandmother was from Ireland and we had never known that. Â Seriously, genealogy is one of those topics that can get confused, but with record keeping the way it is and the Mormons so into it, there is no reasonable way not to check family fiction against reality. Â The campaign did make an admission that this was given the case, and considering the reliability of stories passed down from generation to generation, this is not one to get all that worked up about.
But staging a spontaneous event? Â Did they think the narcissistic little operatives wouldn’t talk?